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How Much ‘Food’ is in Your Food? – Organic vs Non Organic Food

Organic vs non organic

Organic vs non organic“Food can be your best form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”. You may have noticed the recent nutritional popularity in organic foods. But what is this hype all about? We all know that to lose weight or to burn fat you need to ‘eat clean and train mean’, but how much ‘food’ is in your food?

In today’s world, food is produced/grown to maximise profits. Pesticides are used to maximise yield from planted seeds, preservatives are then used to prolong shelf life and so on… Starting to catch my drift? So in the end, how much ‘food’ is in your food?

What is Organic?

Organic food is defined as, food produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. In general terms, food that is cultivated naturally without chemicals. Natural being the key word!

Organic vs non organic

Benefits of Organic Food

Ingesting organic food vs non organic food has not only a multitude of health benefits but also environmental benefits as well. Here are just some of the benefits organic food has to offer:

  • Studies have shown that organic foods have 60-80% more nutrients than non organic food
  • Organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E
  • Organic cheese can contain 2 x the amount of nutrients compared to conventional varieties
  • Organic tomatoes, berries, potatos, cabbage and onions have 20-40% more antioxidants
  • Organic spinach and cabbage have 2 x the amount of minerals

It’s plain to see that organic foods are a lot more nutritious compared to non-organic foods.

Organic vs non organic

 

How Do I Know if it’s Organic?

Look for the word ‘organic’ on the label when trying to find nutrient rich organic foods. Foods labeled “100 percent organic” must contain only organic ingredients. Products containing at least 70-percent organic content can be labeled “made with organic ingredients.” Those foods labeled simply “organic” must have at least 95-percent organic ingredients, by weight or fluid volume, excluding water and salt.

Alternatively, in Australia, look for these labels for proof of organic origin:

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Organic vs Non-Organic Case Study

The below video illustrates the difference of organic foods vs non-organic foods when it comes to harmful pesticide ingestion. Foods using pesticides and chemical fertilizers kill off many nutrients due to the potency of chemicals used and can sometimes absorb the toxic chemicals within the food itself.

Watch the video below on a study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL on the chemical affects on the body from non-organic foods vs organic foods.

Summary
Organic foods are clearly more beneficial to health over non-organic foods. Many people tend to shy away from non organic foods due to the difference in price compared to non-organic foods. The decision really comes down to this: spend a bit more on food that is nutritious and poison free or spend a bit more on medical bills later on in life. The choice is yours…
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